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Air Force Commander

aka: Airforce Commander
Moby ID: 1988
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In Air Force Commander the player takes command of a Middle Eastern country's air force to gain air superiority over the enemy. As the title suggests this game focuses solely on aircraft and rocket bases. The main part of the game is spent on the overhead map where the player gives orders to his units, e.g. attacking ground targets and scouting or intercepting enemy forces. Different map views show information like targets in range, flight movements in the monitored zones, or civil facilities. Another important aspect of the game is resource management: every base and unit costs resources. If these get scarce the player can shut down some bases. If the public mood gets too bad, e.g. because of destroyed civil facilities or food shortage, the player loses his commission and therefore the game.

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Average score: 58% (based on 7 ratings)


Average score: 2.7 out of 5 (based on 3 ratings with 1 reviews)

Command a airforce in the Middle East.

The Good
Provides most of the recent air war scenarios in the Middle East, and creates the challenge to try and recreate, or rearrange, history to your liking. The wide variety of units, ranging from ancient SU-17 fighter bombers to ultra modern F-117A Stealth Fighters make for a very interesting balance, especially in the large scenarios where almost the entire region is in the battle on one side or other. Additionally, the learning curve is easy to pick up, and most of the scenarios are well done.

The Bad
The lack of a campaign option makes each scenario interesting by itself, but it would have been enjoyable to try something along the lines of fighting all of Israel's battles since 1967, or commanding Iraq through the Iran-Iraq war, the invasion of Kuwait, and Desert Storm. Also, the interface can be somewhat complex, and some scenarios are almost impossible to beat.

The Bottom Line
If you enjoy real time strategy, and you want to play something that was years ahead of C & C, try this on for size.

DOS · by Shadowcaster (252) · 2001



About half of the 43 page manual consists of an outlined history of the Middle East and includes sections on the roots of Islam, colonial influences, history of Israel, various wars, Desert storm, and technical comments on various aircraft.


Probably one of the hardest scenarios in the game is trying to defend tiny little Lebanon against Syria, with only 4 SAM units, 1 chopper, and an F-4 unit at your disposal!


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Shadowcaster.

Amiga added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: formercontrib, Patrick Bregger.

Game added July 18, 2000. Last modified March 29, 2024.